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LINC Scholars Curriculum

LINC Scholar Program Curriculum

  1. The Summer Immersion Course includes both face-to-face and online coursework and clinical experiences. The course will provide advanced conceptual foundations, competencies, skills and tools to better prepare scholars to participate in the experiential, clinical components. In-person didactic class sessions will be coupled with clinical practice and field experiences and an online component (Blackboard). In order to enhance the inter-professional nature of leading change in health care, a variety of perspectives will be presented, including medical and other health professional faculty (nursing, public health, allied health, dental medicine) as well as ECU biomedical, human performance and ecology faculty. The summer program concludes with the initiation of a Capstone Project (see below) to be completed in the third and fourth years of medical school, in which students will design, implement, and evaluate a health system using quality or safety improvement principles under supervision by a clinical mentor.

  2. An online independent study elective in the third year of medical school that will include coursework and development of an embedded inter-professional improvement project in which students will lead an ongoing process improvement effort or newly identified need at a local clinical site.

  3. A Capstone practicum month in the fourth year of medical school, which will result in presentation of a longitudinal e-portfolio and project work prior to graduation. Scholars will present their improvement projects at an annual Scholarship in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Symposium and will be encouraged to present them at a professional meeting and/or submit the project for publication.

  4. Certification. Students will be encouraged to take the National Association for Healthcare Quality Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality exam toward the end of their fourth year of medical school.